OH! Magazine - Australian Version January 2016 - Page 6
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TIPS & TRICKS
Heed these helpful hints to have a safe
and healthy start to the year.
MINIMISE YOUR KIDS’ RISK OF ASTHMA THESE HOLIDAYS
With one in ten Australian children suffering from asthma, the
National Asthma Council Australia (www.nationalasthma.org.au)
is encouraging parents of kids with asthma to take precautions
over the holidays, and have provided the following tips to help
keep kids’ asthma symptoms at bay:
• Check in with a GP before you leave: It’s a smart idea to see
your doctor before you start your holiday, so you can make sure
your child’s asthma is going as well as possible before you
leave. Your child doesn’t need to be sick, or experiencing
symptoms to have an asthma check-up with your doctor.
• Have an action plan: Consult with your doctor to develop an
asthma action plan, so you know what to do if your child’s
asthma symptoms worsen. The asthma action plan can also be
stored on your smartphone and easily accessed from anywhere
via the Asthma Buddy iPhone and Android app.
• Get an up-to-date copy of your child’s prescription: Be prepared
and make sure you get a new prescription to have on-hand. This
will help you avoid the hassle of trying to get one filled at your
holiday destination, or during Christmas shut-downs.
• Choosing a place to stay: Minimise triggers by requesting a
smoke-free and fragrance-free room, and remember to ask if
they offer rooms that reduce allergens. Also, check reviews for
mentions of mould or pets, if these are triggers.
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